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18 November 2011, 08:59 am
Pre-Perth 2011 Training Heating Up
Sailors Train in Fremantle
Sailors Train in Fremantle

Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships
Perth, Australia

Fremantle Sailing Club is awash with sailors, boats, trailers and equipment as the early arrivals train in the waters off Fremantle for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships next month.
Competition does not kick off for another two weeks but dozens of international sailors are training most days to familiarise themselves with local conditions.

Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC) will be home for the Laser and Laser Radial fleets during competition. Ahead of competition, RS:X sailboard, 470 dinghy and 49er skiff crews are using the club's large lawn and car park facilities for the next two weeks.

Competitors have booked training facilities at various yacht clubs and facilities along the Fremantle coast until the official opening of the boat parks at noon on 29 November.

Jammed among the boats and trailers that booked into Fremantle Sailing Club are eight young sailors from Singapore on a training camp with their Optimist dinghies.

Swedish Women's 470 Team, Lisa Ericson and Astrid Gabrielsson, have been in Fremantle for two weeks. The last major competition for the World #31 crew was the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, the London 2012 Olympic Sailing London Olympic test event in August.

"Our boat is ready so we are going home to Sweden for ten days to have a break before our competition in the second week of the championships,"
said Ericson.

"We competed in the Perth 2011 test event last year when it was windy most days. This year our training has had up and down wind,"
she said.

Another Women's 470 crew, Dana Archibald and Karen Dexter (CAN). are working hard to tune their brand new boat.

Armed with a notebook full of statistics, they have spent hours setting up the rigging. They are happy with the boat, built by Dave Mackay in New Zealand, but admit the weather has not been great for them so far.

Local men's RS:X sailor, Patrick Vos, is a relative newcomer to the class, with just two years on the Neil Pryde designed board. With little competition in Perth, Vos has had to gain experience by competing in European regattas.

He will be up against seven other Australians in the men's RS:X fleet but is hoping to move up from his current world #149 ranking. Vos says the Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships have prompted new interest in RS:X competition in his home town.

Another sailboarder rigging up today was the Women's RS:X World Champion, Blanca Manchon (ESP).

She has been training in Perth for two weeks and is hoping the "Fremantle doctor", the afternoon sea breeze, will be strong every day of competition in the first week of the championships.

Although she is confident of retaining her world crown, she will be striving to beat the only other Spanish sailor in Women's RS:X, Marina Alabau, who is currently #8.

Laser Radial sailor, Alison Young of Great Britain, has been training in Fremantle for the past week after competing in Sail Melbourne where the World #16 finished fourth.

After several days of strong and light frontal winds, the sailors will be happy to hear that the forecast few days is for a sea breeze.
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